Valery Melnikov is a graduate of Stavropol State University ran on becoming an award winning photographer and reporter, who over a decade successfully works for international news agency “RIA Novosti” and “Kommersant” newspaper. Valery has also worked as a freelancer for AFP news agency in 2009-2010. When not on the work assignments, Valery runs multiple independent projects and exhibitions of his images that he brings back from those trips.

His professional biography includes coverage of Ukranian conflict of 2014 to present; uprising of Mali Republic in 2013, Syrian Civil war coverage in 2012; Lebanese war in 2006; Infamous conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia in 2008 and hostage taking raids by terrorists in Stavropol region back in 2001 and Beslan in 2004. Valery has dedicated his life to journalism and he continues taking pride in any project that he is working on. With the great sense of urgency Valery brings people together through incredible footage out of the dangerous parts of the World for people to see and become the part of those documented events.


2016 — Exhibition of the Bourse de Talent winners, National Library of France, Paris

2016 — Personal exhibition, FOTOFORUM Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria

2015 — Exhibition of the ANI-PIXPALACE AWARD winners, Paris, France
2015 — Group exhibition “Urban Maze”, Kunstwerk Nippes Gallery, Cologne, German
2014 — Group exhibition “Crisis in Ukraine”, Coningsby Gallery, London, UK
2014 — Personal exhibition “Standby”in the international photo festival “Photoparade”, Uglich, Russia
2013 — Group exhibition of Kandinsky Prize nominees, Moscow, Russia


2017 — World Press Photo, Netherlands, 1st Prize

2017 — Life Framer Photography Award, USA, 1st Prize

2017 — Circle of Life contest, International Photo festival "Vilnius Photo Circle", Lithuania, Finalist

2017 —Lense Culture, Exposure Awards, USA, Finalist

2016 — Bourse Du Talent, France, Winner

2016 — Magnum Photography Awards, USA, Winner
2016 — Prix International des Nouvelles Ecritures, France, Winner
2016 — Fine Art Photography Awards, USA, 2nd Prize in Photojournalism category
2016 — Circle of Life contest , International Photo festival “Vilnius Photo Circle”, Lithuania, Winner
2016 — Pictures of the Year International (POYI), USA, Award of Excellence in Portrait series and Award of Excellence in Multimedia news story
2016 — Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, Finalist
2015 — LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards, USA, 1st Prize
2015 — Kontinent photography Awards, Turkey, Honorable mentions
2015 — Direct Look photo contest, FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography, Russia, 2nd Prize
2015 — Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Germany, Finalist
2015 — Sony World Photography Awards, UK, 2nd Prize in the current affairs category
2015 — Kolga Award, Kolga Tblisi Photo, Georgia, 1st Prize in the reportage category
2015 — DAYS Japan International Photojournalism Awards, Japan, 2nd Prize
2015 — China International Press photo contest (CHIPP), 1st Prize in the War & Disaster News Singles and 1st Prize in the War & Disaster News Stories
2014 — Professional Photographer of the Year Contest, UK, 1st Prize in the News category
2014 — China International Press photo contest (CHIPP), 1st Prize in the Portraits category and 2nd Prize in the People in the News category
2014 — Silver Camera contest, Russia, Winner in “Faces” nomination
2013 — Kandinsky Prize in the field of contemporary art, Russia, Nominee
2013 — Sebastopol International photo festival, Ukraine, 1st Prize
2013 — China International Press photo contest (CHIPP), 3d Prize in the War & Disaster News Stories
2013 — International photo festival “Photoparade in Uglich", Russia, 1st & 2nd Prize
2013 — Circle of Life contest , International Photo festival “Vilnius Photo Circle”, Lithuania, Finalist
2012 — Efremov photojournalism contest, Russia, 1st Prize
2012 — Black and White Spider Awards, USA, Nominee
2010 — Knokke-Heist photo festival, Belgium, The Silver Award